STREPPED OUT Usher
• Insert "Usher" pun here: R&B singer Usher is leaving the Broadway production of Chicago, enabling hack headline writers the world over to make theater jokes about his name. But it's no laughing matter: Usher is suffering from the dreaded streptococcal pharyngitis, aka strep throat.
• UPDATE: Evans is leaving the show because she's divorcing her husband, a 2002 Republican candidate for Congress from Oregon. Evans alleges that her now-unemployed husband "committed adultery, was verbally/emotionally abusive, drank excessively, and frequently watched porn in the home." She'll need Tom Delay's support more than ever now.
• That Bad?: Kevin Federline claims Britney's jaw "about dropped" when she heard his album.
• Bushed: Realizing that no one quite cares about their music anymore, the Dixie Chicks return to doing what they do best: Bash the president.